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  • Rosalind Cummings-Yeates | July 17, 2015 11:00 PM ET

    Rusty's TV & Movie Car Museum

    Rusty's TV & Movie Car Museum

    I like quirky museums. For me, there’s a real rush of discovery that comes with finding a museum dedicated to some crazy subject that you’d never expect to find as the subject of an extensive collection. I've visited museums dedicated to pencil sharpeners, washboards, Pez dispensers and coffee and they were all weird fun. 

    But when I rolled up to Rusty's TV & Movie Car Museum  in Jackson, Tennessee, I didn't know what to expect. How do you fit cars into a museum? Just how interesting can a pack of old cars really be? Well, I quickly discovered that TV and movie cars represent a lot of nostalgic fun, even for those who aren't big car fans, like myself.

    Before I even entered the museum, I was drawn to a '50s vintage, cherry red car parked outside. It gleamed in the sun and looked well preserved so I figured it was the owner's personal car. Until Rusty, the affable owner informed me that it was the car from the '80s movie classic, “Christine.”

    Based on the Steven King, novel, that movie created a personality and evil spirit that I had never seen attributed to a car. I looked inside at the leather interior and touched the glistening fins and was transported back to the eerie movie. Before I knew it, I was leaning back on the car, posing for pictures. I was totally caught up in the car museum and I hadn't even stepped inside.

    Once I did go inside, I had to adjust to the overwhelming lineup of cars. They were edged along walls and arranged in rooms, some with signs and movie paraphernalia and some just laid out in recognizable movie glory.  Although it isn't a typical museum, Rusty's car museum requires time and contemplation, just like in other museums. I actually walked through several times before I registered all the movies and TV shows that the cars represented.

    There was the iconic Ghostbuster's Ecto-1 Cadillac, complete with green ghost and Stay Puft Marshmallow man. Across from it stood Scooby Doo’s iconic Mystery Machine. Several cars from the “Fast & Furious” movies held visitors’ attention but I fell in love with the Bat Cycle from the original Adam West Batman TV series.

    On my visit, I also viewed the Knight Rider Trans Am, The Beverly Hillbillies jalopy, Herbie's Love Bug,” The Blues Brothers” hearse and the” Back to The Future” DeLorean.

    If you're lucky, Rusty himself will guide you through the museum and explain how he started collecting cars at 14 years old and how he builds some of the cars on display and finds others from Hollywood sales. Rusty says that he has 50 more cars that he rotates, changing the museums displays every week so you never know what car you'll see.

    The Movie & TV Car Museum is open from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. every weekend, Friday-Sunday.

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Rosalind Cummings-Yeates Far-Sighted Field Notes

Rosalind Cummings-Yeates Rosalind Cummings-Yeates is a journalist, author and blogger who specializes in travel and culture topics. She loves guiding readers through the richness of various cultures and discovering the essence of a destination. Her travel and culture blog, Farsighted Fly Girl, offers travel insights through the music, food, art and history of various countries and cultures. Join her on the journey at www.Rosalindcummingsyeates.
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